MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Tufts University men's tennis team won a total of 14 matches at the Middlebury Invitational, as nine Jumbos saw action during the team's season-opening event Saturday and Sunday in Middlebury, Vermont.
|Ross Kamin posted a victory in the first round of the "C" singles flight.|
Freshman Jason Scanlon competed admirably in his first collegiate tournament, as he won three consecutive matches in the "D" singles flight en route to making an appearance in the finals. The Barrington, Rhode Island, native defeated Zach Cihlar of Brandeis, 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 10-3, in the semifinals, and then lost to top-seeded David Aizenberg of Brandeis (7-5, 6-3) in the finals.
Freshman Benjamin Biswas also made quite a statement in his debut, as he won three matches in the two-day tournament. The Bedford, Massachusetts, native, along with junior Danny Coran, advanced to the semifinals in the "B" doubles flight. The two individuals gave top-seeded pairing Timo van der Geest and Allen Jackson of Middlebury everything they could handle in an 8-6 loss.
Sophomore Ethan Chen, freshman William Gold and freshman Zach Shaff made their presence felt, as each won a pair of matches over the two days. Chen won two matches in the "B" singles flight, which set up a match against van der Geest of Middlebury in the semifinals. Chen competed valiantly, but fell short, with the results being 6-2, 4-6 and 10-3.
Gold won back-to-back matches in the "D" singles flight, which resulted in the Denver, Colorado, native being one win away from the finals. Gold ended up coming up short (6-2, 6-4) against top-seeded Aizenberg of Brandeis in the semifinals. Shaff opened up Saturday with a pair of victories in the first round and the quarterfinals of the "C" singles flight. The Allentown, Pennsylvania, native posted a strong performance in the semifinals, as he narrowly lost (6-3, 3-6, 10-6) to third-seeded Weston Brach of Middlebury.
Freshman Nathan Niemiec made his collegiate debut in this tournament, while sophomore Ross Kamin and junior Zain Ali made their season debuts. Niemiec competed in the "B" singles flight, as he lost to Kyle Schlanger of Middlebury (6-4, 7-5) in the first round. Kamin was victorious (6-3, 6-2) against Chris Caskin of Middlebury in the first round of the "C" singles flight. Kamin and Niemiec also competed together in the "A" doubles flight, but they fell short, 8-3, against Michael Arguello and Jackson Kogan of Brandeis in the first round. Ali competed in the first round of the "A" singles flight, as he lost (0-6, 6-4, 12-10) to Pat Ordway of Bates.
The Jumbos will be back in action later this month, as they will compete at the ITA Regional Tournament from Friday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 2, at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The squad will then proceed to participate at the Bates Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 9.